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Cash injection to improve Merseyside bus network
A reduction in congestion and pollution is promised with the injection of a £2.7m boost for Merseyside’s bus network.
The region is only one of five areas nationwide to receive a share of the £16m allocation from the government’s Better Bus Fund.
The cash will be spent on upgrading bus stops and stations and improving junctions.
The measures are intended to cut the time vehicles spend with their engines idling, causing less environmental pollution.
Wirral Cllr Ron Abbey, Merseytravel’s tram and bus chief, said the authority was committed to improving passengers services and to encouraging more people to use the network.
He commented: “This funding will help us to develop services and, by reducing congestion at key local pinch points, buses will be better able run to timetable – improving journey reliability and ultimately making it easier for people to get around.”
Part of the cash will be used to upgrade travel information at bus stops.
The venture falls in line with government thinking on devolving responsibility for bus networks to local levels.
Local Transport Minister Baroness Kramer said: “Local bus services are the backbone of our transport system, providing a vital lifeline for communities.
“The Better Bus area funding will help drive economic recovery in these areas by supporting effective bus networks.”
She added: “Passengers want a reliable, effective bus service. The Better Bus area initiative changes the traditional method of funding bus travel in a way designed to drive up performance and passenger numbers.”
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